FIA reviewing Super Licence to ensure sustainability

The FIA are to review the Super licence system to protect vulnerable series which have been struck by the Coronavirus pandemic.

A number of junior categories have been adversely affected, or even halted, by the pandemic due to travel bans, financing and on public health grounds.

In 2016, a change was made where drivers who have picked up 40 points in qualifying series over the past three seasons would be eligible to compete at a Formula 1 weekend.

The FIA has said that they are seeking to “safeguard potentially vulnerable series” by encouraging participation once competitive racing has resumed.

“The Covid-19 crisis has had a profound effect on all sporting activity and motor sport is no exception,” said the FIA’s President of the Single-Seater Commission Stefano Domenicali.

“Many circuit racing series are experiencing economic difficulty, while competitors are naturally concerned about missing a season or committing to a competition amid uncertainty around the re-commencement of racing – and the negative impact either may have on their progress along the FIA’s single-seater pathway.

“The FIA is cognisant of these concerns and we would like to reassure series, teams and competitors that through the Super Licence Working Group the Federation is developing solutions that will afford fairness to competitors, encourage participation and help series maintain some stability during this difficult period.”